Saturday, October 04, 2008

AOL Journals' Demise

Picture by Chadzilla (chadzilla.typepad.com/.../food_fun/index.html)
It's about time.

While I have never wished ill to those who remained at AOL with their "journals" I have watched this corporate pig founder, flopping and spraying blood on the carpet of the interdweebs for far too long.

Rather than reading the writing hemorrhaged upon the wall, AOL has blithely gone on for months, years, selling its customers short and destroying a once great marque. In a 'which came first, the chicken or the egg' manner, the megalith has lost so many paying customers and short-changed its advertisers that it is a mere shadow of its former corporate greatness. Like the present fiscal crisis, it all comes down to one thing. Greed.

Easy come, easy go. Whether in the boardroom at Lehman Brothers or AOL/Time Warner the end result remains the same. Disaster.

So, to the relatively few AOL Journalers suddenly thrust out (Happy Halloween, kiddies) into the cold, cruel vacuum of cyberspace by their callous AOL overlords I say, "Welcome! Glad to see you."

I do hope you find the pain of adjustment to a new blogging platform worth the reaming you've been taking all these years from those buggers at AOL...

5 comments:

Donna said...

I'm glad they're closing the journals, in a way. I moved to Blogger two years ago, but kept my AOL journal going because some readers refused to go anywhere else to read blogs. Now I can do all my blogging on one site. I do hope AOL gets it fixed so we can transfer our journals to Blogger, just because I have a lot of memories logged, over there.

Robbie said...

OMG! I love the picture and oh so perfect. Unfortunately, I still have posts on AOL to transfer before the final goodbye. I'm dumping my email there too as soon as I'm done closing my J. I'm sure they will be completely removed from the 'net before too long.

Lisa :-] said...

Well, Wil, it hasn't been all THAT bad. And I've had "Better Terms" waiting in the wings for the past three years, so we will soldier on...

Chris said...

I just wish that some of the people who left during the "voluntary exodus" were still around and blogging.

Kathy said...

You know Wil, I had set up a blogger account nearly three years ago during the AOL J ad debacle. Then someone mentioned HTML code and that was it, I freaked and went running back (although I hadn't really left completely) to AOL out of ... trepidation.

Now I just shrug my shoulders and remind myself that lessons in life are an ongoing process.